In this practice, you’re joining AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez of the Mystic Soul Project to learn how to facilitate a Name Reclamation group activity.
You can download the corresponding conversation (episode 29) to hear AnaYelsi talk Indigenous Reclamation with Teresa P Mateus and Ra Mendoza.
Here are the instructions for this activity:
When we hear someone's name, what we are really hearing are stories –of origin, of tribes, of ancestors, of healing, and of self-determination. There’s history in names. There are hope, prophecy and an honoring of families in names. They are sacred. While it may not be an act of indigenous reclamation for everyone, intentionally reflecting on one another's name allows us to create a practice of holding all names as sacred and worthy of respect. This activity is a chance to begin cultivating that practice.
Remember: Names carry stories and stories belong to the one that experienced. Even if you had permission to share in that space, ask again before sharing someone's story in the future.
*This activity was created by AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez https://browneyedamazon.com/
ABOUT OUR GUEST
AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the latin diaspora. She has been working as a faith-based community organizer for a decade and her experience both in interfaith and multi-issue organizing has provided her a unique understanding of the complex work involved in bridge-building and unifying diverse people around a shared purpose. She comes to us via the Mystic Soul Project. Follow her work at https://browneyedamazon.com/--
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